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PROPERTY OWNER BRIDGES A GAP

TIMBER - ROUND UP

This private bridge in Helston, Cornwall, was one of the projects entered for this year's Wood Awards. Designed by Matt Robinson, who also owns the property and did the building work himself, it spans 12.3m and has a total length of 16.5m.

It has continuous beams and a tension diagonal in each bay. The bottom beam is in tension, the top one in compression.

A mixture of materials has been used.

The glued laminated beams at the top and bottom are made from kiln-dried larch. Handrails and doors are of chestnut, and the three braces of the arch are of oak.

Green oak was used for the end frames.

All the timber was grown in Devon, Cornwall or Wiltshire.

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